Good morning, Blue Jersey fam. Here’s your Wednesday round-up.
Murphy Announces April 24 Will Be Equal Pay Legislation Day
Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that he will sign equal pay legislation on April 24. The announcement came on Equal Pay Day.
There is no reason a woman in New Jersey should earn just 82 cents to the dollar made by a male for the same work.
That’s why, two weeks from now on April 24th, I will sign into law the most sweeping equal pay legislation in America to close the gender wage gap. #EqualPayDay
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 10, 2018
And now, former New Jersey Republican governors speak out about the Trump administration...
Whitman to Pruitt: “C’mon!”
Former EPA Commish Christine Todd Whitman thinks current EPA Commish Scott Pruitt and his boss, Donald Trump, are clowns.
Christie to Trump: You Can’t Fire Mueller, Dude
Phil Murphy Makes Move To Combat Trump Attacks On New Jersey
Kirtan Mehta, a former lobbyist and Senate staff member, is the new director of federal affairs, working out of Murphy’s Washington office within eyeshot of the U.S. Capitol.
More Students Eating Summer Meals in New Jersey
In the last year of data collected, 20,000 more children were fed in summer meal programs in New Jersey than in 2015, up 27 percent, for a total of 94,800 children in the state on an average day in July 2017, according to data collected from state and federal agricultural agencies.
New Jersey’s participation rate has grown from 19 percent in 2015 to 24 percent in 2017. Analysts say the increase was fueled by a larger number of programs and facilities offering the meals and greater focus on advertisement.
Shaq Towers Over Brick City
“Shaq Towers” will hover over the city’s downtown as its first high-rise in more than 50 years.
N.J. Could Soon Ban Tackle Football For Kids Under 12
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle has introduced a bill that would prohibit children from participating in organized tackle football amid a growing concern about the sport’s safety.
Murphy Move To Legalize Recreational Pot Gets Fractured Response From N.J. Delegation
Even some members of his state’s own congressional delegation don’t agree with his push to regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol.
N.J. Apparently Has The Smartest Fourth Graders In America
The New Jersey Department of Education said that fourth grade scores in reading and math were the highest in the nation in the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress.